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Churchill Downs Incorporated Gives Greenlight to Install Permanent Lighting at Home of Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) announced today it will install permanent lights at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT” or “Churchill Downs”), home of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.  This decision follows careful review of the Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet night racing experiment.

Churchill Downs Presents $50,000 Matching Donation To Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Churchill Downs has presented the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (“TRF”) with a check for $50,000, a total that matches contributions to the equine retirement organization made through the new Safety Center established as part of a wide-ranging set of safety initiatives announced earlier this year at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
    

Hoosier Park Horses Not Allowed at Churchill Downs Due to Symptoms of Contagious Disease at Indiana Track

On the recommendation of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office, Churchill Downs and its Trackside Louisville training center will not allow horses stabled at Hoosier Park to enter either of those stable areas until further notice.

Churchill Downs Provides $7,500 Hippotherapy Grant to Louisville's Churchill Park School, Liberty High School

A grant of $7,500 from Churchill Downs will help fund an equine education program for students at Jefferson County Public Schools’ (“JCPS”) Churchill Park School and Liberty High School.

Casting Calls for "Secretariat" Movie Scheduled Sept. 10 at Churchill Downs, Sept. 12 in Lexington

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Veteran Kentucky-Based Trainer John E Churchman Jr Passes Away at 74

Veteran Kentucky-based trainer John E Churchman Jr, who saddled Kentucky Derby starters Fighting Fantasy and Wilder Than Ever in 1990 and ’91, respectively, passed away Tuesday night after a lengthy illness. He was 74.

New Kentucky Derby Icon Collection Introduced

Churchill Downs Incorporated  has introduced a new Kentucky Derby Icon Collection at www.TheDerbyStore.com, marking the first time that non-dated versions of the Kentucky Derby logo and icon mark have appeared on officially licensed apparel and gift items.

Training Resumes at Churchill Downs After Aug. 4 Flood at the Home of the Kentucky Derby

Horses returend to the historic one-mile main track at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Aug. 6 for the first time since flood waters swept over the surface nearly 48 hours earlier.

Churchill Downs Repairs Track, Barns Following Tuesday's Flood; Training To Resume on Thursday

Life at Churchill Downs is not yet back to normal, but it’s heading in that direction as repairs to the dirt track, several barns and track offices were underway on Wednesday, one day after a slow-moving storm packing torrential rains flooded the track and left several vehicles either partially or completely submerged in parking lots and on streets around the track.

Torrential Rainstorm Leaves Track, Portions of Churchill Downs Under Water, Some Horses Evacuated

A torrential rainstorm that dumped a record six inches of rain in just over an hour on much of Louisville, Ky. Tuesday morning left large portions of the dirt and turf courses at Churchill Downs and other areas of the historic track under water and rising water prompted the evacuation of some Thoroughbreds from barns at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.

135th Clark Handicap Heads $1.775 Million Fall Meet Stakes Schedule At Churchill Downs

  
The 135th renewal of the Grade II, $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, a race that is as old as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Kentucky Oaks (GI), is the premier event on a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.775 million announced today for the Nov. 1-28 Fall Meet at historic Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Leaves Churchill Downs, Bound for Mountaineer, West Virginia Derby

A trailer carrying Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), has departed Churchill Downs on an approximately seven-hour journey to West Virginia’s Mountaineer Racetrack Casino and Resort.

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Sharp In Final Work Before Departing Churchill Downs for West Virginia Derby

Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), turned in a sharp four-furlong work on Monday in his final major training move at Churchill Downs prior to his scheduled run in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (GII) on Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Works Five Furlongs At Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird continued his preparation for a return to competition in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (GII) with a strong five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs Incorporated Names T. Kevin Flanery President of Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced that T Kevin Flanery has been named the 13th track president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby.

Flanery will report to Bill Carstanjen, chief operating officer of CDI, and will remain a Company senior vice president.

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Sharp in Churchill Downs Work

Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Thoroughbreds’ Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), tuned up for a return to competition with a sharp four-furlong work on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

    Jockey Jamie Theriot was aboard the gelded son of Birdstone as he covered the half-mile over a “fast” track in :49.40.

Scheduled Monday Work by Mine That Bird Delayed A Day

A wet track prompted trainer Chip Woolley to delay by a day a scheduled Monday work at Churchill Downs for Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

Spring Meet 2009: The Season of 'The Bird,' 'Rachel' and Big Crowds for the Twin Spires Under Lights

The 135th Spring Meet at Churchill Downs came to a close Sunday afternoon with the lasting images of a longshot winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the coronation of racing royalty in the Kentucky Oaks (GI) and a dazzling start for racing under the stars with the debut of “Downs After Dark” night racing beneath the Twin Spires.

Closeout Takes Closing-Day Locust Grove Handicap

Glen Hill Farm’s Closeout coasted to a three-length victory over Gloria Goodbody to win the 28th running of the $114,900 Locust Grove Handicap (Grade III) to close out the 45-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (7.5.09) - Theriot To Work 'Bird on Monday / Mr. Sidney Makes Most of Brief Visit / Win Is All in Family For Bowman

THERIOT TO WORK MINE THAT BIRD ON MONDAY MORNING – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird is scheduled to work a half-mile after the renovation break on Monday morning with jockey Jamie Theriot in the saddle.    Trainer Chip Woolley secured the services of Hall of Famer Mike Smith to ride Mine That Bird in the Aug.